Chris "Doc" Stewart, prominent ER Doctor for the Mayo Clinic Hospital, is also a world class technician on the alto saxophone. Having said that, Stewart could well be one of the best jazz saxophonists you will ever hear. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1960, and raised on a farm in Rockford, Stewart was the sixth of nine musical children. Everybody in the family played an instrument. Stewart picked up his lifetime instrument, the alto saxophone, when he was just ten. In eighth grade, his family moved to Anaheim, California just three doors down from his future wife. While in high school, Stewart received jazz and classical awards on both the flute and saxophone. Winning a talent contest at Disneyland at age 16 gave Stewart the opportunity to be a part of the then vibrant music scene at the Magic Kingdom for ten years.
During and after high school, Stewart played gigs and performed with many of the local big bands, sharing the stage with Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous, Tom Kubis, and Matt Catingub. Stewart also enjoyed a stent with the Tashiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band. Stewart developed an interest in clarinet which sparked him to transcribe all of Eddie Daniels' solos off his "To Bird with Love LP." As he delved further into transcribing solos his journey took him to the sounds of Cannonball Adderley. Stewart then began the huge project of transcribing all of Cannonball Adderley's solos, hence the beginning of a sincere interest and deep love of Cannonball Adderley.
Jazz was a passion for Stewart, but at the age of 23, Stewart hit the proverbial fork in the road and chose the stability of a career in medicine instead of music. Doctor Stewart has enjoyed many successes in his profession now in his twenty-third year at the Mayo Clinic, but his love of music has always been an underlying passion. Doc Stewart's interest and skill in music was maintained by collecting and transcribing Cannonball Adderley solos. Doc committed himself to creating a transcription library of Cannonball solos - a project that is ongoing today with over 500 solos in twelve volumes completed. In addition, he has flawlessly revised the Charlie Parker Omnibook originally by Jamey Aebersold.
In 2013, Doc Stewart reconnected with top notch LA musicians of his youth and brought to life a big band he calls "Resuscitation." With this reunion he melds the medical with the music with the Code Blue Suite. This project also promotes Cardio Cerebral Resuscitation (CCR) which is saving more lives than the outdated CPR ever could. Code Blue! is a musical story of birth, death & new life using the big band, hospital sounds, and some burning saxophone to get his point across.